Child injured when school bus flips in Riggins, ID

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by Associated Press, KTVB, Big Country News Connection (Photo)

KREM.com

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 12:37 PM

BOISE -- One child was taken to the hospital after a school bus crash in Riggins Thursday night.

Idaho State Police say the bus driver was cited for inattentive driving.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. about a mile south of Riggins.

Jim Doramus is the Superintendent of the Salmon River School District. He says the bus turned on its side on 7 Devil's Road.

Police says the driver of the bus, 66-year-old Larry Barnard, was transporting seven children when he was distracted by one of them.

The bus drifted left and as the driver corrected to the right, the tires went off the road and the bus eventually rolled on its right side. Doramus says recent rain made the shoulder of the road soft.

He says the boy who was injured is in 2nd grade and goes to Riggins Elementary School.  He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital Thursday night.

"We're just very thankful that no one got hurt or injured severely or anything like that. We're very fortunate that nothing happened," said Doramus.

Barnard and the six other children on the bus were not injured.

Aside from being cited by police, school district officials don't expect Barnard to be punished any further.

They are doing drug and alcohol testing, but that's part of standard procedure.

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